Absolutely. The risks of the vaccine include fever, rash, and occasional discomfort. It does not cause pneumonia or seizures. The disease can cause death, not seen at all with the shot. And with an experience of over 30 years, it does not appear to increase the risk of adult infection. These are the facts.
No. It is safe for most but no vaccine is entirely safe- it can cause fever, rash, seizures & pneumonia. Kids who get chickenpox are immune for life. Kids vaccinated for chickenpox are at risk of catching it as an adult, when it it much more serious: chickenpox fatality in kids is 1 in 100, 000, for adults 31 in 100, 000. If relying on the vaccine you'll need boosters, but the vaccine fails in >14%.
Yes. The chicken pox vaccine has been used in many countries for many years, and is very safe. Children who have weakened immune systems or those with strong allergies to the vaccine's ingredients should not get the vaccine. The hope is that by getting the vaccine, children will avoid getting shingles in the future. Shingles is a recurrence with the same virus, but can cause significant permanent pain.
Yes. As with all recommended childhood vaccines, the chicken pox vaccine helps prevent such serious complications of the chicken pox virus as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis. It is considered safe in healthy patients, but may cause an allergic reaction in few. Because it is a live vaccine, it should not be given to pregnant women or immunocompromised patients.
Yes. It is a live, attenuated virus vaccine given to children.
Yes. It is given at 12 months and a booster is given at age 4 to 6, depending on the physician's schedule.
Yes. The present vaccine is derived from the oki strain developed in japan in the 1970's & in limited use in the us until ~1995. It is effective in children, teens or adults. It is usually given first at a year of age as earlier doses are not as effective. A booster is given at 4-5 or per your physicians schedule.
Chickenpox. Given at 1 year age, then a booster vaccine at around age 5.